Ferret Creator on Judo and Text Indexing
Okay, here we go. Pat Eyler has a really long interview with Dave Balmain. This is so great, I actually was just searching for interviews with Balmain, but Google hadn’t indexed Pat’s yet. Dave is the creator of Ferret, people. I am cuckoo about Ferret. Talk about fast! And turning it on and fiddling with the switches: it’s just so much fun.
After university I worked as a consultant, implementing J2EE applications. In 2004 I quit my job and moved to Japan to practice Judo. I worked as an English teacher for a year before starting training full-time. This left me a lot of free time to work on whatever I wanted to, leading to the birth of Ferret.
Although Ferret is based on Lucene, it’s recently moved away from Lucene’s file format, but he mentions using DRb and JRuby to get around that. Some code examples, some talk about Ferret’s future. Such an exciting project.